Riders on the Eagle Cap Excursion Train, June 20, should hide their valuables and have their cameras ready, as the train winds its way along the Grande Ronde River in northeast Oregon. The Saturday before Father’s Day is a favorite for bandits to come out of the forest on horseback, flag down the train and climb on board. Passengers can expect plenty of bad behavior, as the nefarious rascals make demands and brandish the weapons of their trade.
There is no reason for fear, however. These bandits are just out to steal a few laughs and have a good time. They are also on board to draw attention to the Elgin Stampede, a fun and family-oriented PRCA rodeo that takes place July 8-11, in Elgin. The Stampeders provide quite the show, with a story line and some pretty sketchy characters. Don’t trust anyone!
The annual Elgin Stampeders train robbery has become so popular, the morning trip sold out early. To accommodate the additional passengers, excursion managers have added a second run in the afternoon, which will be robbed by the Gold Rush Bandits – another band of outlaws, which is also known for robbing the Sumpter Valley Railroad on occasion.
The train follows a route that is almost entirely roadless, offering views of a landscape that can’t be seen from an automobile. Highlights also include the Rondowa Bridge, where the Grande Ronde and Wallowa Rivers converge and continue their journey to join the Snake River.
Tickets for the afternoon ride are available through Alegre Travel, the excursion train booking agency, 800.323.7330 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Agents can also, upon request, book motel rooms and offer advice on other activities and attractions in the area. A season schedule and trip descriptions are available at www.eaglecaptrainrides.com.